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International Friendly Preview: USA - Mexico


United States (4-3-3): Howard; Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Ream, Pearce; Jones, Bradley, Torres; Adu, Donovan, Agudelo.

Full Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Mexico (4-2-3-1): Ochoa; Juarez, Marquez, Moreno, Salcido; Castro, Torrado; Barrera, Dos Santos, Guardado; Peralta.

Full Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

DEFENDERS (7): Paul Aguilar (Club America), Efrain Juarez (Celtic), Rafael Marquez (New York Red Bulls), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Stuttgart), Carlos Salcido (Fulham)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur), Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña), Antonio Naelson (Toluca), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Jesus Zavala (Monterrey)

FORWARDS (4): Omar Arellano (Chivas de Guadalajara), Pablo Barrera (West Ham United), Christian Bermudez (Atlante), Oribe Peralta (Santos)

  • Jurgen Klinsmann will make his debut as U.S. head coach in this match. He'll be joined on the sidelines by "guest assistants" Thomas Dooley, Tab Ramos, Martin Vasquez, Mike Curry and Mark Verstegen. The last U.S. coach to make his international debut against Mexico was John Kowalski, an interim coach in 1991 before Bora Milutinovic took over fulltime. Incidentally, Milutinovic was the last foreign coach of the U.S. national team program until Klinsmann's appointment this month.
  • The 4-2 win in the Gold Cup final was Mexico's third win in a row against the United States.
  • The last time these two neighboring nations met in a friendly, Jozy Altidore scored on his first international start in a 2-2 draw in Houston.
  • This is the fourth game in three years set in Philadelphia. The two which have been played in Lincoln Financial Field both ended in 2-1 wins for the USA, against Panama in the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinals and against Turkey in a 2010 friendly.
  • The El Tri squad is missing its two main strikers. Both Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and Aldo de Nigris will miss out through injury. However, the four players expelled from the Gold Cup for failing drug tests -- Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Antonio 'Sinha' Naelson and Christian 'Hobbit' Bermudez -- are back in the fold.
  • Klinsmann called up four Mexico-based players for his first roster as U.S. coach: Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jose Torres and DaMarcus Beasley. Additionally, five on the roster ply their trade in German. Early call-ups Timothy Chandler, Maurice Edu and Clarence Goodson pulled out of the squad and were replaced by Robbie Rogers and Zach Loyd.
  • Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET with the match broadcast on ESPN2, Univision and
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